Central Florida will play host to the historic Copa America Centenario this summer.
The Orlando Citrus Bowl will be the site of three matches:
June 4 - Costa Rica vs. Paraguay
June 6 - Bolivia vs. Panama
June 8 - Brazil vs. Haiti
Save the dates and join us in sunny Orlando, Florida at the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the Copa America Centenario 2016 – Additional announcements will be coming through the next several months. Sign up below to receive information on ticketing, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities for Copa Orlando as they become available. To buy tickets and full information on the entire tournament, visit ca2016.com.
City Beautiful to Host Copa America Centenario 2016 Tournament in June
Prestigious tournament to be held at Orlando Citrus Bowl for the first time in history
U.S. Soccer Announcement l Everything You Need to Know About Copa America
ORLANDO, Fla. – Nov. 19, 2015 – The City Beautiful was announced today as an official host city for the Copa America Centenario 2016. Set to be held in venues across the United States from June 3-26, the 2016 edition signifies the 100-year anniversary of the highly popular South American tournament.
Orlando’s massive support for professional soccer significantly contributed to this successful bid. As a way to say thanks, Orlando City SC, Orlando Pride and Orlando City B season ticket holders, along with members of other sports-related organizations who contributed to making Orlando the “Soccer Capital of the South,” will be eligible for an exclusive private sale. More information on the ticket allocation process will be communicated in the coming weeks. For more information, fans can visit www.ca2016.com.
Orlando City SC, the Central Florida Sports Commission, Orlando Venues and Orange County Government worked in partnership to bring the prestigious Latin American championship to the Orlando Citrus Bowl, and to Central Florida, for the first time in its history. In addition, partnerships with Florida Citrus Sports, tourism leaders and the local business community were integral in securing the event.
“From the international tourism, to the significant impact for our local economy and the sheer excitement for the game of soccer, today's announcement is another big win for Orlando," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "We spent the better part of last year completely reconstructing the Orlando Citrus Bowl so that we could host more high-profile events like this and I'm proud we continue to deliver on that promise.”
“Hosting the Copa America Centenario at the Orlando Citrus Bowl is a great example of what our community can accomplish when we come together for a common goal,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “These events are not only exciting opportunities for our residents, but will draw thousands of people from across the world benefiting our local economy. The tournament is expected to draw approximately 40,000 room nights and projected to yield $30 million in economic impact to Orange County.”
“We are competing against top tier sports destinations across the country to host events of this caliber and fulfill our mission of driving visitors to Central Florida,” said Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano. “Being selected as one of 10 host venues for the tournament is a testament to the first class venues and outstanding teamwork by our community partners.”
Featuring the top stars from the Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) regions – such as five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil, and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi of Argentina – this year’s Copa America marks the first time this premier event has been staged outside of South America.
The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
From CONCACAF, host USA and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, while Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winner) and Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winner) qualified this fall.
The final two teams from CONCACAF will be determined in a double-header playoff set to be disputed Jan. 8, 2016, in Panama City. Trinidad & Tobago will face Haiti, and Panama squares off against Cuba with the winners qualifying for the Copa America Centenario.
“Our historic inaugural season in Major League Soccer (MLS), along with the men’s and women’s international friendlies that have been held at the Orlando Citrus Bowl, continue to showcase that this market is a hotbed for high-level soccer. We’re looking forward to another successful event that will certainly bring added economic benefit to this city,” said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins.”
About Central Florida Sports Commission:
The Central Florida Sports Commission pursues marquee and amateur sports events for Central Florida that drive visitors to our region. The Sports Commission represents the City of Orlando as well as Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
In 2015, the Sports Commissions event calendar is projected to drive 75 events and more than 221,000 visitors, 181,000 room nights and $112 million in economic impact to the Central Florida region. In 2016, the Central Florida Sports Commission will be co-hosting the 2016 NCAA DI Women’s Soccer College Cup along with UCF, the City of Orlando and Orange County. Taking place December 2-4, 2016 at the Orlando City SC Stadium, the championship is an anchor of CFSC’s 2016 event calendar. More information at CentralFloridaSports.org
About Orlando Citrus Bowl:
The Orlando Citrus Bowl is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor & outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered the Orlando Citrus Bowl's ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information at OrlandoCitrusBowl.com.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer.
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, the Lions have developed a rich history and passionate following since starting in the USL in 2011. In their inaugural MLS season, Orlando City set a league record for an expansion team, drawing an average of 32,847 fans per home game – including 62,500 in the home opener – and became the fastest team in MLS history to host a half million fans. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its global brand as its matches are broadcast in 120 countries and in 30 languages.
The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, will begin league play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams.
Orlando City B (OCB) participates in the USL beginning in the 2016 season. The team plays its home matches at Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. OCB continues the Club’s rich history in the rapidly growing league. From 2011 to 2014, Orlando City set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22), winning three regular season titles and two postseason championships.
OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations. More information at OrlandoCitySC.com
The Central Florida Sports Commission and Amway Center hosted players, coaches and media from around The American Athletic Conference for its 2015 Media Day on October 27.
Each head coach and select players from the conference’s 11 schools were on hand to officially kick off the upcoming college basketball season. Opening remarks by Commissioner Mike Aresco were followed by a roundtable discussion among head coaches, moderated by ESPN analyst Tim Welsh.
Players and coaches then took to the arena floor for various meetings with local and national media, The American Digital Network, ESPN, CBS and Old Hat Creative.
Schools will be back in Orlando to bookend the season as the Amway Center will stage the 2016 American Men’s Basketball Championship March 10-13. Tickets are on sale at CentralFloridaSports.org/American.
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